Research shows that most people who enter psychotherapy benefit from the interaction. The success level of therapy depends on the patients willingness to change, have an open mind and be proactive in their care.
In the 21st century, the majority of psychotherapy is focused on problem solving and is goal orientated. The relationship between the patient and the therapist is essential to success, as patients frequently withhold information from therapists they don't feel comfortable with. Psychotherapy is intended to be a supportive process that aids in the patients in dealing with difficult or stressful life events. Different types of therapy work better for different personality styles and certain issues.